Rock River Lager | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Rock River LagerRock River Lager

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Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TastyTaste on 12-04-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 77
Photo of stevoj
2.23/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Purchased as part of the Beers of America Historical Collection, contract brewed from original recipes. Nothing special at all here, nice golden color, no head and light lacing. Flavor is so light it’s almost non-existent. Reminds me of an American macro-brew from the 70’s, which is not a good thing....

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Photo of emerge077
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Thanks to Don for this one!
Forgotten in the dusty depths of Orbitalr0x's cellar, unearthed by Dan.

Pale bright gold with a compact head of creamy white foam. Some lacing, random arcs here and there. Sharp clarity and racing carb streams.

Faint honey malt aroma, surprisingly inoffensive.

Taste is bland and cereally, light honey, clean dry finish. Fairly thin and watery. Not recommended, but not as bad as we all thought it would be. Cool label.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.36/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this German Pilsener from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a golden color, produced a thick white head, excellent retention and lacing. The aroma was mild featuring malted grain and a touch of grassy hops. Medium bodied, this pils falls on the maltier side, somewhat grainy and has a dry finish. Overall, above average for a Pilsner but not something I would purchase again.

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Photo of depechemode1983
2.35/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear dark golden in color. Sudsy white head that's gone pretty quickly. No lacing. Not good. More along the lines of a bad malt liquor.

S - Toned down. A bit sweet and metallic. A little grains. Actually smells a bit like playdough. Or some sort of clay.

T - Toned down just like the aroma. Sweet with a bit of grains and sourness.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. The medium carbonation. Pretty smooth just average.

D - This might be one of the worst beers I have had in a long time. If you have a chance to pick this one up...Don't. Just keep on walking.

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Photo of lwootton
3.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Arnolds Tulip Pint.

Appearance: Transparent straw gold. Thick head that dissipated quickly leaving little lacing behind.

Aroma: Simple malt smell with hints of grass. No floral/hop smell.

Taste: A bit sweeter than I expect from a lager, especially a Pilsener. Plain malt base with a bit of yeast flavor. No hop/bitterness/floral taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied but not as clean and crisp as I expected.

Drinkability: Good! I could use a little less sweetness and a bit more complexity but I still enjoyed this beer quite a bit.

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Photo of Krishob
1.98/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - pours with a foamy white head that reduce to just a small ring that clings to the side of the glass. Clear yellow almost burnt ember in color.

Smell - there is a sweet smell to it right up front. Also very floral, but there is a strange metallic or tin smell there as well.

Taste- overly sweet for a lager with that metallic taste on the backside. Has an almost apple cider taste and not well balanced at all. No bitterness and again more on the sweet side then would expected from a lager.

Mouthfeel - felt like I was drinking a non-alcoholic apple cider that has had water or even apple juice added to it to make it stretch. Very thin and watery.

Drinkability - this came in a sampler pack and there is one more left. I will be passing this off on to someone else. K am not opposed to a sweet beer but this is just one that for my taste would not want to have unless I had drank all my better beer and didn't feel like going out to get more.

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Photo of biggred1
3.57/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with a thin white cap of suds. Untoasted grain and grassy hop notes in the nose. Grainy, slightly sweet malt flavors with a touch of herbal hops to balance. I much prefer the flavors of this beer to most macro adjunt lagers. Medium bodied and smooth, finishes squeaky clean. A good straightforward American lager and a good lawnmower beer.

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Photo of berserker256
2.42/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I pour the drink into a pint glass and it's not impresseive. A small sad head fades away into a straw-colored beer that kind of looks like apple juice. Fizzy bubbles continualy rise to the top of the glass but it looks weak. It stinks of green apple skin and astringent chemicals. Unripe apples and pears dominate the flavor. It tastes and smells like a substance that I would clean out a bloody wound with. Acidic, apple, sour, aftertaste. Decently bodied and carbonated. NOT easy to drink. I don't care for it. Poor for a German Lager style beer. Not even close to what it should be.

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Photo of Brettster
2.87/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this as part of a historical beers of America gift box. This lager pours a translucent golden color. Produced a one finger white foamy head that faded very quickly into a short white lacing on the top of the beer. It has decent carbonation with a steady flow of bubbles. Smells sweet and grainy. There is not much complexity in this beer. Has a light bodied smooth and bubbly mouthfeel. Kind of boring. It is a decent lawnmower beer though, much like many others offerings in this variety pack. Needs some hop flavor.

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Photo of number1bum
2.11/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Part of the History of Beer in America pack.

Pours a perectly clear golden color with about a finger and a half of white head. Keeps a mostly full lace and leaves a touch of stick here and there.

Smell is sweet, and sweet. Bleh. It's a pale lager alright, in all its glory. How out some hops? Not enjoying this.

Taste has more than just sweet...skunk. Ugh this is not good. Sweet honey like flavor, but it's not pleasant. Some weird fruitiness as well, plus some skunk. It's worse than the smell. Sweet pale malt and some skunky grain and that's about it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp enough to keep it from being completly disgustingly sweet. Still not good.

The other 3 beers I have tried from this box have been decent; nothing special but drinkable. This one is downright bad. I just cannot stomach it; it's a drainpour. But then again, the history of beer in America is full of bad lagers. So in that case, well done Minhas.

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Photo of vdread
2.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rock River Lager

beer #3 in the 'beers of america' 12 pack. it's a decent little pilsner, and fits the style better than most of the others in the pack. easily drinkable, but still pretty bland and unoffensive.

it looks like a fizzy yellow beer with a tiny bit of froth at the top that winds down quickly and turns into a little collar, leaving a few spots behind. smell is light. mostly grains, a hint of hops.

taste is very grainy, with some slight hop backing. it's somewhat sweet with that earthy, diacetyl taste that seems to be ubiquitous in the beers of america pack.

mouthfeel ok, it's a little dry with some carbonation, nothing special really. drinkability good. easily sippable. there's nothing really wrong with this beer, but it's not that exciting, either.

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Photo of thekanna
2.76/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of the "Beers of America" Historical Beers six pack.

A: Poured clear yellow into a stein with about 2 fingers of white, frothy, clean head. Lots of large effervescent bubbles attach to the side of the glass and rise from the bottom.

S: General yeasty adjunct malt smell, with a metallic tinge.

T/M: Crisp carbonation upfront with a sweet malt body that devolves into a diacetyl creaminess and a slight hop bite. A very textbook example of a pilsener.

D: Quite a drinkable pilsener, though many other breweries can do about the same thing for less per bottle.

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Photo of generallee
2.68/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: This is one of six beers from an eighteen pack labeled Beer of America, Historical Collection. The 18 pack also came with a nice book titled, The History of Beer in America. It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Pilsener glass. There appears to be no freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: It has a light foamy white head that fades quickly to a thin wispy covering and then down to nothing. There is not much in the way of lacing, just a few slick spots at the top of the glass. The body has a bright golden color with very good clarity and some visible carbonation.

Smell: The aroma is light and has hints of grassy hops, light husky grain and cooked vegetables.

Taste/Palate: Its flavor has a fairly dry grainy, corn and husky malt taste with some grassy hops. The finish is dry with mild bitterness and acidity as well as an odd salty mineral like thing. The body is light to medium with a light easy drinking texture and light fizzy carbonation.

Notes: This is nothing more than your basic American pale light colored lager. It is drinkable but boring and I have noticed that all the beers in this mixed 18 pack are oddly similar to each other. The best part of this 18 pack is the book that came with it.

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Photo of hopdog
2.5/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with daknole (thanks!).

Poured a medium yellow/golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas of graininess, and corny. Tastes of the same graininess, corny, and a little sweet. Hey, its a Pale Lager!

Notes from and tasted on: 5/21/09

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Photo of BigRedN
2.58/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The beer is clear, golden in color with my pour producing a weak white head, about 1/2 inch in height. Head quickly fades to nothing and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts, a little grainy, seems to contain adjucnts (corn). While I do not think it does, it just smells like it a bit. Nothing hop related in the aroma.

Taste: Listed as a German Pilsner, this drinks more like a typical American macro lager. Some slightly sweet malts, sweetness is not cloying but noticeable. No hop bitterness whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: Light in body with good carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy with a crisp finish. As mentioned previously, it drinks like a macro lager.

Drinkability: Part of a mixed eighteen pack that came in a nice metal "box" that I may try to use as a patio cooler this summer. That's been about the best thing about these beers. This one is a decent easy drinker, just not overly memorable or one that I would seek out again.

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Photo of everetends
2.55/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, yet again, from the Beers of America mixed pack which I think I have finally worked my way through. Served up in a pint.

A: Wow. This has the palest yellow color that is almost clear water. It is ridiculous. The beer has a pretty lame look. Had about a finger of head that went away immediately. Wow, shitty.

S: Smell is of some corn and malt. Your typical lager. Don't really have anything else to say here. What? Stop looking at me.

T: Yup, it tastes like a lager. Heavy sweet corn presence. Yup. no presence of hops. Grassy, earth presence.

M: Thin, watery, light bodied beer. Guess it matches the style. HEY!!! A ton of carbonation and it finally works for one of the style!!!! What do you know, they nailed it on this one. Crisp, very crisp. No aftertaste.

D: Goes down easy as a lager should. This beer is not that great at all. This and the porter from this pack were probably the worst. Pretty lame.

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.43/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this out of the Beers of America 12 pack. There seems to be some mystery about who makes these beers, but I haven't really tried to figure it out. I'm guessing they're contract brewed to put into the holiday gift packs.

The beer has a nice yellow-amber color but not much of a head. The aroma is severely subdued with just a slight butteriness and the tiniest wisp of hops and alcohol. The taste is clean and fairly pleasing. Still a little buttery with a nice use of malt. No real hop presence to speak of. Nothing spectacular but quite drinkable.

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Photo of garymuchow
2.87/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pouring straight out of the fridge. Helpful, or not?
Pale color of gold. Bright. Clean white head that is small and leaves really quickly.
Clean aroma of sweet malt and typical for style. Seems to have a metallic quality or that could be the glass.
Mild flavors all around. Seems to be lacking any sweetness. Bitterness notable that leads to a distinct dryness. Malt character of some bread.
Fully carbonated (so why such a little head?). Actually rather filling on that account. Otherwise feel is moderately light and seem right.
Drinks fine, just lacking any distinct character.
Part of beers of America series.

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Photo of jjanega08
3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A= darker than I expected. A golden color with a small head but the bubbles keep rising.
S= stronger than I expected. Its got a nice balance where you can smell the malt and hops seperatly. Boozy smell comes in as well. Lots of carmely sweetness
T= thick malty flavor followed very quickly with booze. Then a metallic taste comes through. The hops do not fit with the malt at all.
M= average body with average carbonation.
D= very average. The metallic taste is too much for a lot.

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Photo of Procrastinator
3.02/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle is part of "Beers of America" 18-pack that was given to me. I've had this beer several times in years past, always within these type collections. Dating of 2707R 09:05:70 stamped on bottle neck. Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: medium gold colored body with white small-bubbled, 2-fingered head which breaks down to thin layer. Streams of carbonation dance off the bottom in this very refreshing looking beer.

Smell: scents are mild at best. Lightly toasted grains along with subtle flower sweetness.

Taste: slightly sweet cereal grains, mild honey with hops in the background to balance. Hard mineral water and slight sourness at finish. Lacks that nice hop crisp bite.

Mouthfeel: carbonation is beneficial to help bring out the flavors. Body is relatively watery, but turns a bit buttery upon warming.

Drinkability: easily drinkable, but flavors are pretty non-descript. Nothing to seek out here.

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Photo of beveritt
2.83/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. This is from a sample pack of historic American brews.

Appearance: Pours with a little over an inch of pure white foam. The foam doesn't stick around long, and visibly retreats, leaving some lacing. The beer itself is a pale yellow and crystal clear, with just enough bubbles coming up to keep a thin layer of head.

Smell: Sweet malt upfront, with strong hints of adjuncts. Very little in the way of hop aroma, but has a slight metallic twinge.

Taste: Sweet yet shallow maltiness with no depth or hops. Unpleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is average for this style of American lager, which means high. Body is average.

Drinkability: Not much here to talk about. Not a drain pour, but very little depth or character.

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Photo of altgeeky1
3.04/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear pale yellow-gold, with 1 finger of head foam that settles to a very narrow lace around the glass. The beer has some head retention issues, but it's not the end of the world.
Smells malty sweet, with floral hops. I am guessing they use Saaz hops, which make for great aroma hops with low bitterness.

Tastes like an American pils - sweet, medium-low body, medium carbonation, very refreshing. Hops are there, but not overpowering - just as you would expect in a pils.

Mouthfeel is excellent - there's some rolling malty feel, appropriate carbonation bite - even if it's not visible in the glass you feel it expand in the mouth. Finish is VERY clean like an American macro. I almost detect a small cider bite (like you get in a corn sugar homebrew) but that was very faint.

Styles are a subjective thing - placed in the German Pilsner category this beer scores above average because of so many finer beers in the style, but this is a very good session beer without resorting to filler like corn and rice.

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Photo of Contagion
2.56/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The deliver method was the standard 12 oz brown bottle. The label is off white with the words Rock River crossing it at an upward angle. There is a picture of a river on it, presumably the Rock River. (ED. Note. I've lived along the mighty Rock River and have traveled up and down the whole length of it through out my life. I've done this by car, canoe and boat. I don't know for sure it's the same river this is named after, but it adds just a bit more of coolness to the beer for me.)

There is a light golden yellow coloring to it. It poured a half inch thick head made of up of large bubbles. In less than 30 seconds the head faded into a film on top of the beer. There was some lacing, but not very much of it.

The scent was weak. What could be detected was malts and what can be described best as a freshly mowed field. Much like the scent, the taste was very weak. All that I could really pick out was a very mild malt flavor. It's not much different that the mass-produced American light lagers that are on the market. Almost no aftertaste is left after your done drinking

It is a light bodied beer. There is some carbonation that bites on the tongue, but not much else. There is no coating and really nothing that lingers in the mouth.

If you are looking for a nice beer to go with a meal, this would be it. There is not enough flavor to it to alter the taste of the food. It went really well with the gumbo I had for dinner tonight.

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Photo of merlin48
3.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a pale yellow body with a decent white head that leaves some skimpy lace. Aroma is sweet bready malt and understated floral hops. Light bodied with crisp carbonation. Taste is bitter floral hops, sweet bready malt, and an unwelcome metallic note. Very mediocre but drinkable. I received a handful of these Minhas bottles from a western Kentucky ratebeerian. I see why he gave them away.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
3.2/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I received this brew as part of the "Beers of America" set as a gift.

I poured a bottle into a frosted mug, it poured a light gold color with a one finger white head that quickly dissipated and minimal lacing. The beer had a nice clean smell of mild hops. The taste isn't bad, I was pretty thirsty and I drank it down rather quickly.

Decent mouth feel and an okay finish. Pretty much like a typical American macro lager. Nothing special, but I'd drink it again.

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Rock River Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
2.91 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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